Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Arctic Char Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites and was pictured in the blog 2 days ago. It works well with salmon or with a lighter fish, char. Char is usually about $1 less expensive per pound at whole foods. It has a less fishy taste.

2# fresh artic char
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp thyme
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T brown sugar
1 T smoked paprika **I found a Spanish version at Whole Foods. It is my favorite spice in the cabinet adding a bunch of smokey flavor and a little heat. It tastes much different than traditioinal paprika, so it is worth looking for.
1 tsp grated orange peel
1/2 tsp sea salt

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix OJ, EVOO, and 1 tsp thyme in bowl. Place char in glass dish and cover with orange juice mixture, turning the fish to coat it. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Mix sugar, paprkika, grated orange peel, sea salt, and the rest of the thyme in another bowl. Remove char from marinade and place on greased, lined baking pan.Rub top of char evenly with dry mixture.
  3. Roast char 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Serves 8.

    ***I have made the recipe two ways - leaving the marinade to cook with the fish or removing it. I have also cooked the fish stovetop and it turns out great. Just do about 3-5 minutes per side, depending on how you like your fish cooked.


  1. Made this for dinner tonight with Andy. So easy to make and so good! The marinade/rub tastes tangy, almost like a bbq sauce, but with a refreshing citrus kick. Will definitely make this again. Thanks Mel!

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